The Shipwreck Galleries, Fremantle

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Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at the The Shipwreck Galleries. This museum is recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End. Make The Shipwreck Galleries a part of your Fremantle vacation plans using our Fremantle attractions planner .
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  • The museum is about the history of the Batavia and other Dutch shipwrecks. Coins, canons and pottery are on display. You don't have to buy an entrance ticket, so I can definitely recommend to have a q...  more »
  • Outstanding presentation of the wreck of the Batavia and associated artifacts with detailed historical background and information on early Dutch ships off Western Australia.  more »
  • If you love the sea and love to hear how someone's life was worse than yours...you came to the right place. A first class museum, modern, informative and beautifully displayed shares the stories of th...  more »
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  • I'm surprised to know that the entrance fee is on a donation basis because the museum contained so many artefacts and so much information was provided. To read every single thing in detail would definitely take half a day. Would recommend it for anyone interested in history. It isn't restricted to Australia and encompasses tales from Africa and how sailing was discovered.
  • This is a great little museum with some really interesting artefacts. Well and truly worth a visit and suitable for kids & adults alike. It's also not a bad spot to kick off a date night/afternoon for something a little different. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to help support their work. You can take your time to meander through, but the meuse is not massive, so you could easily knock it off in an hour, longer if you are interesting is reading all the cool facts. There is a massive piece of the original Batavia Ship wreck in the main part that will blow your mind.
  • Fascinating. My main interest was in the Batavia, but there were great descriptions of, and relics from, other ships as well.
  • If you are interested in history of any sort this place will satisfy you for hours. Not a very linear layout of exhibits but that for the curious mind means discoveries everywhere. . Interesting, educational, and enjoyable.
  • Great exhibits and explanations focused on a slice of voc history. First rate.

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A good alternative to staying in busy Perth, the port city of Fremantle offers atmospheric lodgings in many of its well-preserved buildings from the 19th century. Available for both long and short stays in the city, these rental properties offer lots of privacy and all the modern conveniences you need, all just a walk away from the city's main attractions. If you're traveling on a budget, consider Fremantle's mid-range hotels and backpacker hostels, many of which you'll find near the main train station.
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